Northern Illinois Slower This year?
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  1. #1
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    Default Northern Illinois Slower This year?

    I live in northern Illinois. Most years I harvest about the 3rd week inAugust, bit this year it looks like it could be a couple of weeks later. Although we have had a very good flow fo the past month, It appears our harvest will be limited to 2 supers per hive where in the past we have had 3 and up to 5 supers. Does anyone in northern Illinois or comparable areas experience similar issues?

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Northern Illinois Slower This year?

    I am in northern Missouri and I am finding the same circumstances. I put about 2 pulled foundation supers on most hives this year and then added a box of just foundation. I think I have had one or two out of 10 hives actually move up and pull the foundation box.

    I wonder if the cool/cold spring delayed the buildup and then the hot start to summer slowed the nectar flow even more.

  4. #3
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    Default Re: Northern Illinois Slower This year?

    Same for me with all 4 hives. Hives look strong but honey supers are slow to be filled.

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    Default Re: Northern Illinois Slower This year?

    Quote Originally Posted by Planner View Post
    I live in northern Illinois. Most years I harvest about the 3rd week inAugust, bit this year it looks like it could be a couple of weeks later. Although we have had a very good flow fo the past month, It appears our harvest will be limited to 2 supers per hive where in the past we have had 3 and up to 5 supers. Does anyone in northern Illinois or comparable areas experience similar issues?
    Same here, i have 2 hives, and there was good flow about 1 month ago and now it is very slow.
    I wonder what next nectar flow will be

  6. #5
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    Default Re: Northern Illinois Slower This year?

    The southern part of the state had the same issues. I normally harvest mid to late June but had to wait until mid July and I'm assuming the high humidity impeded their ability to remove moisture for capping.
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